Welcome to Wednesday. Today the U.S. and South Korea are on edge following a powerful missile test in North Korea, and the U.S. braces for a potential tax overhaul, too.
— Aubrey Nagle
For U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, who has been accused of illegally paying a 2012 primary competitor to drop out, a federal indictment was a potentially looming. But, it turns out, on Sunday Justice Department lawyers let the statute of limitations expire on many of the charges he could have faced.
Brady isn't in the clear yet; officials won't say whether this means the end of the investigation. But his legal team is cautiously optimistic.
Plus, Brady could still be charged with lying to the FBI or filing a false campaign report, among other purported crimes. These are still within their statute of limitation.
Last night, a Senate panel approved the GOP effort to rewrite the tax code, sending it to the full Senate for a vote. Now several Republicans who had wavered over their support are considering backing the bill.
But it's not a done deal: a handful are still uncommitted, and Republicans only control the senate by a 52-48 lead.
A meeting between Trump and congressional leaders to avoid a government shutdown derailed yesterday as Trump tweeted attacks on top Democrats. Congress's deadline to keep federal agencies open is a week from Friday.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a First Amendment case over a rap song that included the lyrics "Let's kill these cops, cause they don't do us no good" and references to two Pittsburgh police officers.
The rapper, Jamal Knox, 23, looks to overturn his conviction for terroristic threats and witness intimidation. The question at hand: was the song protected under his right to free speech or does it constitute a criminal threat?
Depending on the court's decision, the case could rise to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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